Ahh summer. Filled with outdoor play time…and all the nasty rashes associated with it. Poison ivy and poison oak can make summer fun time, summer DONE time. When in contact with skin, the oils from these 2 plants causes an itchy, blistering rash for the unlucky many who are sensitive to it. In most cases, this rash can be easily treated at home through a few different methods. Here at AFC Urgent Care Vernon, we want you to know ahead of time, how to treat poison ivy and poison oak.
- Immediately rinse your skin with lukewarm water and soap. This will allow some of the oil to diminish and will stop it from spreading to other people and surfaces.
- Wash your clothing.
- Take short lukewarm baths/showers. This can help ease the itch. You may also consider adding one cup of baking soda to your bath or a colloidal oatmeal preparation.
- Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to itchy skin.
- Apply cold compresses to the skin.
- Take antihistamine pills to reduce itchiness.
If after treatment these symptoms are present, please get medical help immediately:
- Severe swelling and redness
- Blisters and crusting skin
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- 10 + days of rash
Have questions? Our providers at AFC Vernon are here to help relieve your suffering. Visit us, with no appointment needed 7 days a week from 8-8pm Mondays-Fridays, 8-5pm Saturdays and Sundays. We accept all insurances.